NEET UG: NEET exam system will change! Demand to make NEET 2-tier like JEE

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Demand for change in NEET exam pattern: Amidst several serious irregularities in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and nationwide protests, big questions have been raised not just on the National Testing Agency (NTA) but also on the system of pre-medical entrance examination in the country. Well After the irregularities in the NEET exam, the big question is whether the method of selecting students from 23-24 lakh students for one lakh seats in medical colleges across the country is correct? Experts say that there is an urgent need for change in the NEET exam. It needs to be changed from single tier to double tier and the pattern of its questions should also be changed.

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'Two stages of NEET are necessary, aptitude test is also necessary'

The NEET exam was earlier conducted by the CBSE under the name of All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT). Former CBSE director Ashok Ganguly says-
'NEET is now an offline and single tier exam, which needs to be changed. Exams which have more than 10 lakh students appearing should be double tier instead of single tier, as was the case with AIPMT earlier. JEE for engineering admissions has also been split into two exams, JEE Main and JEE Advanced.'

He further said, 'Now there is a need that the first stage of NEET should be an MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) based exam. All students should give it. Out of these, a few lakh people should be selected who will give the second stage exam in which students will have to write. So that their ability can be known, which is necessary to become a doctor. This is very important. Because of the current system, coaching centers are giving coaching to the students.'

'NEET evaluation system is not fair'

Former NCERT director and educationist Prof. Krishna Kumar says, 'The purpose of the exam is that the purpose for which we are giving the exam should have a correct theoretical basis. Like NEET is taken to select future doctors. If we are selecting under the coaching system i.e. on the basis of repeated practice, ability to answer quickly and ability to remember, then it is not right.'

On NEET's MCQ system, he says, 'The child is expected to identify the correct answer out of four answers as soon as he reads the question. This will be possible only if he has read the book and practiced the questions many times. This system is not related to medicine in any way. The work of a doctor goes through a process of thinking. But this thinking is not there in this evaluation system.'

He says, 'The UPPSC civil services exam has prelims, mains and interview. This means that students are evaluated using methods other than MCQs. This is true. The situation is somewhat better in engineering exams as well.'

'Changes in NTA and NEET exam system are necessary'

Vikas Kumar, career counsellor of Psychographic Society, says, there are four irregularities in NEET exam-

  • First- paper leak, there is proof of this in Patna.
  • Second- Paper solver gang.
  • Third, grace marks were given without the knowledge of NTA, which led to discrepancy in the results.
  • Fourth- This year's rank system is completely messed up. For example, if a score of 600 last year was around 30,000, this time the rank for the same score is around 80,000. This rank scam shows how the difference in ranks increased so much?

The situation is that the rank at which AIIMS was available would get you some of the top colleges in the country. The rank at which top 10 colleges were available would get you a seat in state medical colleges and the rank at which seats were available in state colleges would not get you any college. Obviously, a large-scale investigation is needed. The NEET exam system also needs to be made two-tier on the lines of JEE.

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